By Tadzio Garcia
The No. 7-ranked East Los Angeles College baseball team slugged out a 9-1 South Coast Conference win over El Camino College Compton Center off of 13 hits, at Husky Baseball Field yesterday.
The two teams play the rubber match of the series tomorrow at noon in the MLB Youth Academy baseball field at Compton.
ELAC remains in first place in the SCC with a one-game lead over No. 15 El Camino College (14-7, 6-2). El Camino edged Mt. San Antonio College (9-10, 4-4), 1-0, yesterday.
Mt. SAC has lost four out of five games including three to ELAC last week.
ELAC, 15-6 and 7-1 in SCC play, was led by first baseman Jonathan Larson with three hits and designated hitter Daniel Dominguez who had two hits and three RBIs. Each Husky hit at least one single.
Shawn Kennedy (5-2) got the win over Compton. He struck out seven batters including six total in the second and third innings.
“Kennedy is in control on the mound, he has a presence about him…He has a textbook delivery and is really relaxed on the hill,” ELAC Sports Announcer Alfonso Rivera said.
Kennedy said he has to be relaxed or his pitches will be off. He has a high kick when he pitches. “It keeps me from over performing and helps the ball stay down,” Kennedy said.
He learned this pitching technique from his father professional baseball player of the same name.
Kennedy pitched seven complete innings and allowed one run and six hits, including a lead-off game single to Compton’s Dylan Garneau. Kennedy pitched his way out of jams in four innings.
“The defense helped me out today. I can do much better pitching,” Kennedy said.
ELAC got revenge over Compton who upset the Huskies Tuesday, 2-0, in Compton.
“(ELAC Coach) Hines has a good program. We did a good job in that game against them. Our pitcher Pedro Fierros has a great day with 12 strikeouts and (giving up) only six hits,” 11-year Compton Head Coach Shannon Williams said.